Alys, Always (NHB Modern Plays): (stage version)

Alys, Always (NHB Modern Plays): (stage version)

by Harriet Lane, Lucinda Coxon

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A psychological thriller excavating the fault lines that separate the entitled from the rest, Alys, Always is adapted for the stage by Lucinda Coxon from Harriet Lane's gripping novel.

Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She's quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in.

One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an overturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys's famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself ushered for the first time into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what will it take to belong?

This stage version of Alys, Always was premiered at the Bridge Theatre, London, in February 2019, directed by Nicholas Hytner and starring Joanne Froggatt and Robert Glenister.

'Wonderfully observed… a gripping, psychologically complex achievement, whose greatest success is the lingering sense of unease' - Sunday Telegraph on Harriet Lane's novel

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788501606
Publisher: Hern, Nick Books
Publication date: 03/22/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 120
File size: 801 KB

About the Author

Harriet Lane is a British writer, author of the novels Alys, Always and Her.

Lucinda Coxon is an English playwright and screenwriter.

Her plays include Alys, Always, adapted from the novel by Harriet Lane (Bridge Theatre, London, 2019); Herding Cats (Ustinov Theatre, Bath, 2010, and Hampstead Theatre, 2011); and Happy Now? (National Theatre, 2008).

Her screenplays include The Danish Girl, The Crimson Petal and the White and The Little Stranger.

Customer Reviews

Alys, Always: A Novel 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
wideawakeandreading More than 1 year ago
This book started off strongly. The accident scene and the interaction between Alys and Frances was dramatic and immediately caught my attention. From then onward it failed to live up to my expectations. I wanted more from Frances. I wanted empathy and compassion. I wanted to like her but found her to be not very likeable. It’s hard to get into a book fully when you dislike the main character. Sometimes honest and deep friendships are formed over tragic circumstances. That was not the case here. Frances happened to be in the right place at the right time to take advantage of a family during their time of grieving. Originally she wanted to put the accident behind her and have nothing to do with the victim’s family. Only after learning the identity of the family did she agree to meet them. Once she realized who they were and what they could do for her she seized this opportunity and used it to her advantage. I kept reading because I wanted to find out what would happen to the Kytes and to Frances, how long would her new found status as part of the literary elite of England last? Would the Kytes grow tired of her or see through her act? The book kept me interested but there was something lacking. There was no connection between reader and the characters. None of the characters made any impact. I found them bland. The book was written well. The language was very descriptive but lacking in emotional dept. It was a good time filler book but I was not the right audience for this book. If you are into books about women willing to use people and seize opportunities to further their career and social status then you’ll enjoy this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads program.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Beautifully crafted, you'll be in it til the end. More please, Ms. Lane!
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Dont get all the raves as this book is full of sterotypes who dont really come alive . Publishing cattiness and British class barriers do not make a plot or an interesting theme. You want to read a good book about manipulation and the masks we present to others and even ourselves -- then read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Biggest complaint with this book -- boredom. Left me saying " that's all you've got? "
MTDIVA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the beginning of this book, it really captured my attention, but that was short lived. I found the writing disjointed, with characters introduced here and there that didn't seem to have much bearing on the story as a whole. The main character, Francis Thorpe, lacked character development; I finished the book still not feeling like I knew her. If it wasn't such a short novel, I probably wouldn't have finished it as I really found it a struggle to get into and enjoy. It was a predictable and lukewarm read, and I probably won't recommend it to my book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't get the accolades for this book. The writing was the only thing going for it. Didn't like any of the characters. Most especially disliked the protagonist and how she manipulated and deceived constantly. For me, it was akin to watching a bad soap opera or Lifetime movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The books main charcter, had no charcter. Horrible woman the book started and ended well. The rest not so good..